Service: Air Force
Last Rank : Wing Commander
Unit : 113 FAC , AF
Station : Air Force Station, Hindon
Year of Martyrdom : Feb 15, 2018
Wing Commander Dushyant Vats was commissioned into the IAF in the flying branch and was trained as a helicopter pilot. During his service, Wg Cdr Vats served in various Air Force bases and evolved into an ace pilot having expertise in undertaking diverse operational missions. He had the experience of flying different types of helicopters available in the IAF and was a professionally competent pilot capable of handling various operational tasks.
During 2017-18, Wg Cdr Vats was posted at 113 FAC unit based at Air Force Station Hindon. In Feb 2018, he was sent to the Air Force base at Jorhat in Assam for an operational task. He was married to a Military Nursing Officer, Major Kumud Dogra and the couple had a daughter.
Microlight Aircraft crash : 15 Feb 2018
On 15 Feb 2018, Wing Cdr Dushyant Vats and Wg Cdr Jai Pla James based at Air Force station Jorhat in Assam were assigned an operational task. The pilots in their Virus SW-80 Microlight aircraft took off from the Air Force Station around 12.30 PM. Both of them were experienced helicopter pilots and had undertaken numerous operational missions in their service career. The assigned task was a routine task for them and did not demand any special skills on their part.
The aircraft after taking off had moved around 20 Km from the station when around 1 PM the pilots experienced some technical problem in handling the flight. The technical snag soon turned serious prompting the pilots to attempt an emergency landing. But the aircraft could not be controlled and crashed at Darbar Chapori, a sandbar in the Brahmaputra in the northern part of Majuli district of Assam. The aircraft went up in flames in which both the pilots were severely wounded and later succumbed to their injuries. Wing commander Dushyant Vats was a committed soldier and an officer par excellence who laid down his life in the service of the nation.
Wing Commander Vats is survived by his parents Mr. KL Sharma, Mrs. Pushpa Sharma, wife Major Kumud Dogra and a daughter.
In a video shot few days before this tragic accident Wing Commander Vats remarked :
“Follow your dream, follow your heart and discover your passion,”
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